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LIX                          TAMERLANE                         213
describe." He also refers to the feast at which the
marriage of one of the princes of the blood was celebrated
and at which the drinking went on all night. It is in-
teresting to notice that Sharaf-u-Din mentions the presence
of the ambassadors ; " for/' he writes, " even the smallest
of fish have their place in the sea." Truly a delightful
touch !
The Castilian gives instances of Tamerlane's justice,
observing that " when a great man is put to death, he is
hanged, but the meaner sort are beheaded." He also
visited Pir Mohamed, son of Jahangir, who was named
his grandfather's successor. He describes him as being
very richly dressed in *cc blue satin, embroidered with
golden wheels, some, on the back, and others on the
breast and sleeves." He was watching a wrestling match
and does not appear to have condescended to address
the envoys.                        • t
Finally Samarcand, ;• the beloved city of Tamerlane,
" a little larger than the city of Seville," is described as
surrounded by many gardens and vineyards, a description
which still holds true. Its inhabitants were mainly captives
brought from every part of the empire and "they are
said to have amounted to one hundred and fifty thousand
persons, of many nations, Turks, Arabs and Moors,
Christian Armenians, Greek Catholics and Jacobites and
those who baptize with fire on the face, who are Christians
with peculiar opinions/51
Here we must leave the Castilian Knight, with deep
gratitude for his valuable account of the dread Tamer-
lane, whose kindness and liberality to this embassy,
which was overwhelmed with gifts and supplies, contrasts
very favourably with the starvation which Carpini en-
dured when fulfilling a similar task at the Court of the
grandson of Chengiz Khan.
The Death of Tamerlane^ A.H. 807 (1405).—When
Tamerlane returned in triumph to Samarcand after the
defeat of Bayazid, he was, as the account shows, a very
old man. But his lust of conquest did not diminish, and
in A.H. 807 (1404) he convened a Diet at which he
1 Perhaps Hindus with their caste marks are here referred to.